President Kathleen Power handing over the chain of Office to Dymphna Bracken incoming President for 2015.
Below, Dymphna presenting a flower arrangement to Kathleen on her retirement as President. She thanked her for her very successful presidency over the last two years. Also in the picture is Nora Wall, retiring secretary, who has done this job for the last ten years and Margaret Dunne, treasurer.
Health Information Seminar
Tuesday 24th February at 8pm.
AGM Tullamore Meeting.
In this photograph are Nora Wall, retiring as secretary after more than 15 years, Dymphna Bracken, incoming President, making a presentation to Kathleen Power, outgoing President and Margaret Dunne, Treasurer.
A very successful evening was held and a number of prospective members attended. Ms. Moyra McMahon, President BPW Galway and current National Secretary gave a presentation on BPW International and about the founding member, Dr. Lena Maddison Phillips, a lawyer from the USA. She also spoke about our affiliation to BPW Europe and our support thru' the Council of Europe for amongst other things for Equal Pay and the Istanbul Convention.
Jean Durkin presented the history of Tullamore BPW and spoke about the projects and events and the myriad of interesting speakers we have had over 44 years of existence.
Wednesday 25th March 2015
A very successful meeting was held, with more than 160 attendees at the event. Dr. Donal O'Shea, St. Vincents Hospital and a member of the Health Council of Ireland spoke on Obesity - the Challenges facing Society. Dr Shu Hoashi, Consultant Endocrinologist, Mullingar spoke about th Management of Type 2 Diabetes and Ms. Corina Glennon, Community Nutritionist and Dietetic Manager HSE, spoke on Diet and Diabetes.
Marie McKay from Amnesty International, spoke at the February Candlelighting Meeting, speaking about the work of the group locally in Tullamore. Their main activity is in writing letters on behalf of prisoners and have changed their lives in some cases. Other campaigns such as. the abolition of capital punishment, the Bopal toxic gas leak in India, stopping torture and female genital mutilation and ending the use of Guantanimo Bay as a holding centre for political prisoners are some of the other campaigns with which they are involved.
February International and Candle Lighting Night 2015
Wednesday 22nd April
Senator Marie Louise O'DonnellI was the guest Speaker at the meeting on 22nd April. She is a weekly speaker on RTE radio on the Sean O'Rourke programme. She was a most entertaining and informative guest on the night.
National AGM Galway
18th April 2015
The National AGM took place in the Meyrick Hotel on Saturday 18th April. Eleven members attended from Tullamore as did members from Howth, Galway and Tuam. The business of the meeting was concluded efficiently and the election of officers then took place. The following were elected Dr. Jean Durkin was elected as National President, Ms. Bernadette Greene, National Secretary, Ms. Bernie Henry, National Treasurer and Ms. Dymphna Bracken as National PRO.
The main item on the national agenda for 2015 is EC19, the European BPW Conference and the need to increase membership.
May Dinner 27th May.
The annual May Dinner will take place on Wednesday 27th May in the Blue Apron Restaurant at 7pm. The speaker and chief guest will be Ms. Colette Byrne, CEO Offaly County Council. She is one of the few female CEOs in the Irish County Councils.
June Summer Outing. 2015
Saturday June 13th is the date picked for the Summer outing this year to the Hunt Museum in Limerick. A bus will take 16 members. (€15 each).
If we have sufficient numbers for the bus, a booking will be made and the coach will pick us up at The Court Hotel at 10.00am. We'll have lunch upon arrival at the museum followed by a private tour of the collection. The coach will pick us up at 4.30pm for our return trip to Tullamore (arriving soon after 6pm).
A great day was had by all and we can heartily recommend the restaurant.
September Meeting BPW facilitates Meeting on Positive Aging
Margharita Solan who spearheaded the development of an alternative to institutional residential care for older persons in Naas and created a model that would create a society for all ages in the town will be the Guest Speaker at the September meeting of Tullamore Business Professional Women in the Bridge House, on Wednesday September 23 at 8.00pm.
Everybody with an interest in creating Step Up facilities with emphasis on ability rather than disability and with bringing older people to the heart of the community is welcome to attend.
Margharita is Chairperson of Nás na Ríogh Housing Association, McAuley Place , Naas. A graduate of the Mater Hospital School of Nursing, Dublin, her vision ‘to bring older persons to the heart of a vibrant community’ was inspired by the wisdom, knowledge, insight, and love she received from the many of the older people that she nursed in residential care settings. She was challenged by the fact that each day when she was going home from work she was leaving residents in an institution without sense of home. When an elderly neighbour was admitted to a long term care setting she realised that it could be her or her husband in the future. She then set about developing the type of environment that people would choose to live in, if they could no longer remain independent at home, but did not need full time nursing care: an environment where the emphasis would be on ability rather than disability, on wellness rather than on illness.
She is passionate about the need to create the ‘expectation of the unexpected’ in an ‘anti-fragile’ environment and is advocating for more Step Up facilities for Us as We Age.
Her vision has been brought to life at McAuley Place , in the heart of Naas, which is now recognised as a Positive Ageing Centre and has been recommended as a national exemplar by President Michael D. Higgins.
The development places huge emphasis on opportunities for lifelong learning and the arts are central to this policy, ensuring social inclusion for tenants and for the wider community. Local artists can exhibit and sell, their work in the lobby and the display is changed regularly. The Arts and Culture centre is used by the community for music, dance, film and other activities. The Community Centre hosts a wide range of classes, courses, and events, and the building includes a sound-proof music room.
February Meeting International Night 2016
The next meeting of the Tullamore BPW Club takes place on Wednesday 24th February. It celebrates International Night. Supper will be served in the Balcone Restaurant at 6pm.
The Candle Lighting Ceremony takes place at the beginning of the meeting. This ceremony happens in all BPW Clubs around the world to remember the founder, Lena Madisson Philips, and to celebrate the achievements already accomplished.
It also reminds us of our future goals of gender equality, economic, political and social equality.
Our theme is to Make a Difference Through Leadership and Action to bring equality and develop the professional, business and leadership potential for Women on all levels around the world.
The Guest Speaker for International night is Fatema, a Syrian Refugee, who came to Tullamore about 2 years ago.
March Meeting 30th March 2016
Ms Michelle Melotte spoke about Women and the Law and Women in the Law. It was a very interesting presentation and the examples given were both entertaining and serious. She answered many varied questions during the discussion afterwards. Thank you to Michelle for her excellent presentation.
National AGM Tullamore 9th April.
The National AGM took place in Tullamore on Saturday 9th April. Members from Howth and Galway were present as well as a large number of members from Tullamore. Dr. Jean Durkin was ratified for a second term in office as National President. Ms. Bernadette Greene was approved as Hon. Secretary and Ms Moyra McMahon was appointed as Hon. Treasurer. Ms Carmen Taheny was approved as 1st Vice President and European Rep. and Ms Dymphna Bracken as National PRO and BPW rep to the NWCI with Carmel Dooley.
April Meeting 27th April 2016.
The Speaker from TILDA. The Irish LongituDinal Study on Ageing (TILDA) was Ms. Siobhan Scarlett, a native of Tullamore. She is a data manager with the research group and has worked there for the last 3 years. She spoke about the data collection and they are now at the 4th wave of collecting the data. There original number was over 8,000 but this has now reduced to 6,000 plus due to a variety of factors. They have been influencing public policy e.g they have used their findings to increase the time allowed at pedestrian crossings to accomodate the older person whose mobility has slowed down. They have influenced Government policy on older persons and collaborate with a number of other agencies, e.g the ESRI.
Some highlights from 2015.
May Dinner Wednesday 18th 2016
President Dymphna has pleasure advising you and friends of the BPW Annual May Dinner in The Court Hotel on Wednesday, 18th May 2016 at 7.30pm. It is the 45th Anniversary of Tullamore BPW Club.
Guest Speaker is Ms. Anna May McHugh, Managing Director, National Ploughing Association.
Subscription is €40/person. Tullamore hosts the 2016 National Ploughing Championship this year. We look forward to seeing you and your friends there.
BPW Summer Outing June 8th 2016
A very interesting outing to the National Library of Ireland took place on 8th June. Fourteen members and friends had an educational tour of the Yeats exhibition, "The Life and Works of WIlliam Butler Yeats", in the basement of the Library followed, after a nice lunch in the Joly Cafe, by a tour of the Library. The genealogy room is open and accessible to all to study their family tree. The main library on the top floor hasn't changed much in a hundred years. There is lovely carved wood around the room, for the book collections. The tour was conducted by the son-in -law of the late member Brid Lee.
The February meeting began with the Candle lighting Ceremony. The President, Dymphna, opened the meeting and read the International President's letter. The Readers this year were Jean Durkin, National President, Eucharia Grogan and Pauline Butler. The Flowers and decorations were ably provided by Marie Neville, who with Mary Wrafter, lit the numerous candles.
This was followed by the Presentation of Honorary Membership to Kathleen Broderick, who celebrated her 90th Birthday and was a founder member of the Tullamore BPW Club. Kathleen also served as National Secretary when Dr. Breda Scanlon, R.I.P., was National President. Kathleen has served the Club as President, as a member of the committee and led many projects over the years, especially the Neven Maguire Cookery Demonstration. Fundraising for charitable organisations, especially at local level, has also been high on her list of achievements.
The Speaker for the evening was Ms. Maeve Bracken, a native of Tullamore, who has served as a Volunteer in Haiti. Maeve gave a really interesting talk about how she decided to become a volunteer, how she chose Haiti and about life in Haiti. She worked in an orphanage caring for a large number of children abandoned, requiring care or with physical or intellectual disabilities. The most important thing was to love the children and see their abilities. She also set up a small business for the Mothers of the disabled children. They embroider and make cards, which can then be sold to provide some funds for them. Maeve was also there when the earthquake struck in 2012. The devastation was appalling but the orphanage survived reasonably intact. two of the young volunteers were killed as they worked down near the coast.
Since Maeve has returned home she has continued to fund-raise for Haiti and there was very generous support for the Raffle that evening.
The March meeting will take place on Wednesday 22nd in the Bridge House Hotel. Dinner will be available in the Balcone Restaurant at 6pm. The meeting will commence at 8pm and the Guest Speaker for the evening is the Chairperson of Tullamore Show, Ms. Brenda Kiernan.
The April meeting takes place in the Bridge House Hotel on 26th April. the speaker is Anna Marie Delaney, CEO Offaly Co. Council.
The National AGM takes place in the Marine Hotel Sutton on Saturday 1st April at 11am.
The dinner will take place on Thursday 18th May in the Court Hotel at 7.15pm. The guest speaker is Minister Marcella Corcoran Kennedy, Minister for Health Promotion. The meal will be preceeded by a cocktail reception.
The venue for the June outing is a visit to Mount Usher Gardens in Wicklow. Information will be available following the Committee Meeting on 30th May.
The September meeting is an open meeting . The Speaker is Professor Jim Lucey from St. Patrick's Hospital, Dublin, who will deliver a talk on Mental Health. Professor Lucey has just published a new book " A Life Well Lived".
A busy month -the Public Speaking Competition was held in the new Tullamore College building and we were given a tour of the new school. Three schools participated out of five contacted. The winners were Tullamore College, with second place going to Sacred Heart, Tullamore. The topics were respectively "Taking responsibility for your own Safety" and "Our Sheltered view of Injustice in the World". Both teams presented very well at the National Final in Galway on 24th November but there was one outstanding team from Roscommon who outshone all the others on the day.
The theatre outing was to a local presentation of "The 6 Marys".
A very christmassy dinner was held in the Blue Apron Restaurant, Tullamore on 6th December. Twenty members and friends attended. We were delighted to see Kathleen Broderick and Mary Greene back to good health. Spot prizes were a welcome surprise.
November brings thoughts of Christmas so the meeting this month invited Tanya Ross of NOVEL-T Cakes (see her Facebook page) to demonstrate her skills at sugar craft. The cake, which showed the morning after reindeer, was raffled at the end of the meeting and was won by Jean Durkin.